Everything was, as usual, found in either charity shops or eBay, and the most expensive thing was my ace new coat, which was a teeny tiny £25.
|1980's leaf print dress - eBay, £4|
This red leaf print dress was a £4 bargain from eBay - it's 1980's Dorothy Perkins, but shaped like a 1940's number, and I loooove it. It's got a lovely nipped-in waist and a tulip shaped skirt - obviously I'd have preferred it to be genuine 1940's, but I'm skint and beggars can't be choosers!
|Cable cardigan - The British Heart Foundation, £3.99|
I love a good bit of 'Nan knitwear', like this cabled, patterned cardigan-wonder. It was £3.99 from the British Heart Foundation shop and is actually a lovely mint green colour, which is one of my favourites (after mustard and teal!).
|Lovely tweed-y 1980's Dorothy Perkins jacket - Salvation Army, £5.99|
|Knitted sleeveless cardigan thingy - Brain Injury Charity, £3.99|
|Lovely green pleated dress - eBay, £4.99|
The green pleated dress above was another eBay bargain - it looks pretty big, but is actually a size ten, and fits perfectly. It's sort of drop-waisted, which I don't usually bother with, but I was sold by the lovely colour and gold buttons. I'm thinking I might wear it with my faux fur coat and 1940's style shoes. As much as I love vintage, I find it hard to stick to one era - I often seem to end up mixing it up quite a lot, and then sticking on a pair of modern boots to finish it off. I'd love to spend more time in authentic outfits, but a lack of time (hair curling with two children anyone?) and money (from my research, a genuine 1940's dress usually costs around £65. I usually manage to spend about a fiver on new clothes) makes it near on impossible. One day!
|1970's Tie-neck Dress - Brain Injury Charity, £4.99|
|1970's Floral Smock Dress - Brain Injury Charity, £3.99|
The Brain Injury charity shop that opened near us was a goldmine a couple of weeks back - they'd actually created a proper vintage section (albeit a small one), which I made a serious dent in. There was also a vintage vanity case that I'm still thinking about now, which you might end up seeing in a future post....
One of my favourite finds was a dress from a New York flea market (via eBay), that was apparently from the 1940's (which I'm a leeeeetle suspicious of, but I love it regardless). There's beading, there's a fitted waistline, there's buttons and it's a beautiful jade colour. I wore it to my work Christmas party (I'm on maternity leave, but still very much a member of staff, ha!), with some shoes I found on eBay and a Paul Smith cardigan - I actually found enough time to take some pictures before I went out, so there will be an actual outfit post coming up. But for now, behold. The dress:
I've saved my absolute favourite find for last - I think everyone has one vintage item that they're constantly looking for, and stays in the back of their mind whenever they're shopping. Ever since I started buying vintage clothes (about ten years ago now, crikey), I've been desperate to find a mustard coloured coat with a big fur collar. Two weeks ago, on wonderful eBay, I finally found my long lost love for a bargain price of £25. She's a beaut, and I've worn her everywhere since - with dresses and jeans, shoes and boots, and even my old battered Converse. I love her. I think we'll be very happy together.
|Look at that collar!|